IN LIKE FLYNN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Russell Mulcahy Stars: Thomas Cocquerel, Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen, David Wenham, Callan Mulvey, David Hennessey, Isabel Lucas, Costas Mandylor, Grace Huang. Tasmanian born Errol Flynn was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s, and the swashbuckling star of action films like Captain Blood and The Adventures Of Robin Hood dominated the box office. The charismatic and handsome movie icon also had a reputation as a hard-drinking cavalier womaniser and a hell raiser off screen. Flynn starred in some Continue reading

WAJIB

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Annemarie Jacir Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Maria Zreik. Wajib translates as “duty”. But duty has different meanings for different people – there is duty to one’s family. To parents, to your country. This gentle and low key but insightful drama is the third feature film for Palestinian born filmmaker Annemarie Jacir (When I Saw You, etc), and this multi-award winning film was Palestine’s official entry into the Best Foreign Language Film for the 2018 Oscars. The film is set in Nazareth, an Israeli town which features a Continue reading

BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Drew Goddard Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny, Nick Offerman, Shea Whigham, Xavier Dolan. The El Royale hotel straddles the border between California and Nevada, and guests can have a choice of staying in the California suites, which offer warmth or the Nevada rooms which seem to offer a bridge between the past and a brand-new future. It is 1969, the tail end of darker and turbulent period of American history with Richard Nixon in the White House. J Edgar Continue reading

FIRST MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Damien Chazelle Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Pablo Schreiber, Christopher Abbott, Ethan Embry, Patrick Fugit, Olivia Hamilton, Ciaran Hinds, Corey Stoll, Shea Whigham, Lukas Haas. Oscar winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle has quite a resume to his credit. He who gave us the superb drama Whiplash, which was my top film of 2014. He followed that with La La Land, a colourful and kitsch homage to the old Hollywood musicals of yesteryear, but I was not quite as enamoured with it as many other critics seemed Continue reading

SMALLFOOT

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig Stars: voices of Channing Tatum, Danny De Vito, James Corden, Common, Zendaya, Le Bron James, Elly Henry, Gina Rodriguez, Yara Shahidi, Patricia Heaton. This charming animated film is set high above the clouds in the Himalayan Mountains where there lies an idyllic village inhabited by Yeti (or the Abominable Snowman as it is also sometimes known). Migo (voiced by Channing Tatum, from Magic Mike, etc) is the son of the village bell ringer Dorgle (voiced by Danny De Vito, from The Lorax, etc) Continue reading